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& TIM RICE'S
The Sounds Of Sustenance
That's why the 27 ambulances the Charaches have
S brill as it is, the wail of a yellow and white
to MDA not only point up their generosity, but
ambulance of Magen David Adorn is one of the
their commitment to the Jewish ideal of
sweetest sounds an Israeli can hear.
repairing the world. These kind souls also
It may mean the difference between life and
Natalie and Manny Charach Treatment
death — even more so since the latest Palestinian upris-
the Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer
ing began 23 months ago.
recently at Huron Valley-Sinai
In memory of their
MDA supplies all of the blood required by the Israeli
of the Janice
army and nearly all of the blood needed by Israeli hospi-
tals. Its 550 ambulances are on call around the clock and
often are the first response to any serious injury, illness or
"By your loving actions, you are making the world a
mass disaster. Contributions cover costs.
place for all us," Granader told the Charaches as
In the past year alone, MDA has
about to receive MDA's Distinguished
answered 400,000 emergency calls and
Service Award. Fittingly, they received
has secured 250,000 blood donations.
entitled "Shining Star."
Detroit Jewry is among MDA's more
a 22-year MDA volunteer, I
to Israel as well. Even her
The annual dinner of the Dr. John J.
It sells natural-looking
Mames Chapter of the American Red
Magen David for Israel-Michigan Region,
ROBERT A. held Aug. 25 in Farmington Hills, drew
In her dinner remarks, Granader described why she vis-
425 people who paid
ited Israel this summer with
$90 each, raising more
than $38,000. The din-
She got to show Israelis
ner also honored philanthropists Natalie
not just behind
and Manny Charach of Bloomfield Hills
for their longtime humanitarianism,
including 25 years of service to MDA.
"How proud I am to be part of this
enormously important organization,"
She also got to visit the
said dinner co-chair Judith Grant
of the planned Natalie
Granader of Bloomfield Hills.
MDA has taken on even greater
Center in Ashdod, a
importance during the Palestinian vio-
coastal city of
lence and terrorism, which have claimed
lacks a hospital
at least 610 lives since September 2000.
It deserves a special prayer during the
Israelis bravely have refused to give in
The center is a gift of the
to the terror sanctioned by Yasser Arafat
John J. Mames Chapter,
and other Islamic militants. So have the
after the late hus-
relatively few tourists who have jour-
Natalie and Manny Charach
neyed there; virtually all report having
an emotionally uplifting experience.
is an inspira-
But the effects of the suicide bombings, sniper attacks
and planted bombs are readily apparent. Families who
have lost loved ones, or seen them maimed, are scarred
forever. And the falloff in tourism has devastated the
has meant operating costs of just 2-3 percent.
hotel industry; in turn, many shops and restaurants have
"During these critical days in Israel," Granader said,
folded. Extreme caution whenever venturing from home
speaking for everyone at the dinner, "we all
is now a way of life.
And we will always stand united behind
Through it all, the paramedics of MDA have sought to
and continue to support MDA and its
furnish care, ease pain and save lives as well as do search
and rescue. The smallpox vaccine being produced at the
MDA National Blood Bank Center in Ramat Gan near
Tel Aviv, in the event of a biological attack, is a byprod-
other dinner co-chair, West Bloomfield resident
uct of MDA's research. prowess. Along with Hadassah
Ferber Kaufman, and her husband, Alon, have
Hospital in Jerusalem, MDA also provides an emergency
a mobile intensive care unit to MDA in honor of
premature and high-risk infant ambulance service.
her parents, Miriam and Fred Ferber of Orchard Lake.
Kaufman eloquently summed up the impact of the
Acts Of Lovingkindness
generosity: "They have reached through the
For 72 years, since it began as the medical service arm of
of the television and helped save so very
the defense agency Haganah, MDA has been a source of
our dear state of Israel during this heart-
strength and a beacon of hope in the Jewish homeland.
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